Children could be very impatient. This causes serious attitude problems. Most times, parents overlook it because they’re “just children”. But if these behaviors aren’t nipped in the bud, they become serious issues especially during the teenage years. Here are some of such behaviours and how to put and end to them.
Interrupting When You’re Talking
Your child may be incredibly excited to tell you something or ask a question, but allowing her to butt in to your conversations doesn’t teach her how to be considerate of others or occupy herself when you’re busy. As a result, she’ll think that she’s entitled to other people’s attention and won’t be able to tolerate frustration.
The next time you’re about to make a call or visit with a friend, tell your child that she needs to be quiet and not interrupt you.
Playing Too Rough
You know that you have to step in when your child punches a playmate, but you shouldn’t disregard more subtle aggressive acts, like shoving his brother or pinching a friend. If you don’t intervene, rough behavior can become an entrenched habit by age 8. Confront aggressive behavior on the spot.
Pretending Not to Hear You
Telling your child two, three, even four times to do something she doesn’t want to do, such as get into the car or pick up her toys, sends the message that it’s okay to disregard you. Instead of talking to your child from across the room, walk over to her and tell her what she needs to do. Have her look at you when you’re speaking.
Having a Little Attitude
You may not think your child is going to roll her eyes or use a snippy tone until she’s a preteen, but sassy behavior often starts when preschoolers mimic older kids to test their parents’ reaction. Some parents ignore it because they think it’s a passing phase, but if you don’t confront it, you may find yourself with a disrespectful child who has a hard time making and keeping friends and getting along with teachers and other adults.
Exaggerating the Truth
It may not seem like a big deal if your child tells a friend that he’s been to Walt Disney World when he’s never even been on a plane, but it’s important to confront any type of dishonesty head-on. Lying can become automatic if your child learns that it’s an easy way to make himself look better, to avoid doing something that he doesn’t want to do, or to prevent getting into trouble for something he’s already do. Sit down with him and set the record straight.
Say, “It would be fun to go to Disney World, and maybe we can go some day, but you shouldn’t tell people that you’ve been there when you really haven’t.” Let him know that if he doesn’t always tell the truth, people won’t believe what he says. Look at his motivation for lying, and make sure he doesn’t achieve his goal.
Always seek the direct advice of your friends who are parents too in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your child’s behavior. How did you deal with the situation if it has happened to you before? Tell us in the comment section below.